Ukraine seeks consultations of Budapest memo signatories over tensions in Kerch Strait

Clay Curtis
December 8, 2018

It is very important that the rule of law and global norms were strictly adhered to, causing consequences for those countries that seek to undermine the right of other countries to their own national income.

The US has commenced rendering the mandatory provisions to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a step that arrives amid intensified anxiety in the area due to succeeding Russia's subjugation of Ukrainian ships and confinement of Ukrainian sailors.

"We encourage you to use all available means to stop the aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine and its clear violation of worldwide rules, norms by imposing additional energy and financial sanctions", - said Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, in a letter to the Vice-President of the United States.

The U.S. military has started the preparations to dispatch a warship into the Black Sea amid the tension between Russian Federation and Ukraine over the Kerch Strait incident, reported U.S. media on Wednesday.

Russian Federation has "partially unblocked" Ukraine's ports on the Azov Sea, allowing ship traffic though the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said Tuesday in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

Speaking before the meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and to allow free navigation and unhindered access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

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Commercial ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said.

The incident was the most risky in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours, which have been locked in a confrontation since 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Crimea and supported an insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine imposed martial law for 30 days in several regions around the country in response, and has barred entry to male Russian nationals aged 16 to 60 for the duration of the state of emergency.

Ukraine says Russian Federation had blocked traffic around the Kerch Strait, but Russian Federation says the passage has been operating as usual, except for weather-related delays.

The Azov Sea is world's most shallow sea.

According to CNN, the last USA ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October.

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